It’s a goFireworks return to Reamstown Days

By on September 7, 2011

By: MICHELLE REIFF Review Staff mreiff.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer

In just a few days the Reamstown Days Committee will attempt once again to bring the fireworks back to the community’s annual celebration in Memorial Park.

Last year was set to be the return of the display after a 25-year hiatus due to an explosion resulting in injuries at the event back in 1985. Drought conditions forced the committee to cancel the display last year, but, weather permitting, the fireworks will go off as scheduled this Saturday, Sept. 10, following a 7 p.m. performance of Rick K. and the Allnighters. The rain date for the fireworks is Sept. 11 at 9:30 p.m.

Ken McCrea, president of the Reamstown Memorial Park Association and a member of the Reamstown Days Committee, is looking forward to the return of the display.

"It was kind of a big deal to get the fireworks back. It was a big disappointment that we couldn’t do it last year, especially with our 250th anniversary," said McCrea. "There was a lot of resistance to doing it again after the events back in 1985."

Minerva Bitner, co-chair of the committee, noted that half of the money was already paid when the fireworks display was scheduled last year.

"It’s wet enough to have them this year, and Reamstown does want them," said Bitner, "So we are intending to have them after the entertainment that night."

According to Bitner, the annual festival, which is taking place on Sept. 9 and 10, has been going on since 1973. It was started by the Reamstown Civic Organization, whose name was changed to the Reamstown Days Committee about a year ago.

The event will feature food, activities and entertainment for all ages. Admission and parking are free.

On Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., local band Rusted Nickel will perform. Also featured will be a classic car cruise by the Cocalico Cruisers, music by DJ Kenny P, games, food provided by Wild Wings and other activities.

Saturday starting at 8 a.m. there will be a quoits tournament (until about 3 p.m.). A historical society open house and business and community expo will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. Pennsylvania Dutch food, kids barrel train rides and bouncing inflatables will be offered.

Historical walking tours will be given at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. At 1 p.m. there will be a pet show; at 2 p.m., a talent show; a karate demonstration at 3 p.m.; a candy drop for the children at 4 and at 5 p.m., a rubber duck race, games and music by DJ Kenny P. A "horse" race, featuring local community figures, is set for 5:30.

The funds raised by Reamstown Days helps support the Reamstown Memorial Park. For additional details on any of the activities, visit Reamstowndays.org or call Bitner at 627-1716 or McCrea at 336-5520.

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